"Sorry but I disagree. Slava may have an outside shot, but he tends to choke under pressure. Hell, the rookies look better out there!! In my opinion, I'd play Samaki Walker on Duncan and have him work for his shots. And on offense, just keep feeding the big fella and wear Duncan down."
When the hell has Slava played
under pressure, let alone had the opportunity to choke? I disagree with that, and I disagree that the rookies look better out there, they just got ore minutes than Slava. Last I checked, we have D-Fish, Horry, Kobe and Shaq to take over late, so we need someone to give duncan trouble and force him to defend perimeter early in games to tire him late so he can't float like KG did defensively. Shaq, like in game 1, will only get about 4 1 on 1 looks against Duncan, (by Poppovich's design) and while he might be physical during those brief engagements, he can't wear him down if he doesn't see him enough. Samaki will wear down easily and madsen just can't compete, so we need someone with slava's size and offensive ability to take charges from tim and force him to play D. That is my opinion!